New Delhi (NVI): As Covid-19 hospitals across the country face oxygen shortage, the Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft containing four cryogenic oxygen containers today arrived in India from Singapore.
The aircraft flew at 2 am today and landed this evening at Panagarh airbase.
“Four cryogenic oxygen containers have arrived in India at Panagarh Air Base from Singapore. The containers were air lifted in an IAF C-17 aircraft from Changi Airport in Singapore earlier this morning,” IAF tweeted.
Earlier in the day, IAF said, “One C-17 of Indian Air Force got airborne at 2 am on April 24, 21 from Hindan Air Base for Changi International Airport, Singapore. The aircraft arrived Singapore at 0745 am. After loading 4 containers of cryogenic oxygen tanks, it will depart Singapore, land at Panagarh air base and offload these containers by this evening.”
According to the reports, other than Singapore, the IAF will also fly its transport aircraft to UAE to bring in oxygen tankers to further enhance the supply in the country.
To cater to this problem, Tata Group with German company Linde on Saturday managed to secure 24 oxygen transport tanks and they will be airlifted to India to increase oxygen transport capacity from production sites to Covid-19 hospitals.
“In this spirit, the private German company Linde together with Tata have managed to secure 24 oxygen transport tanks that will be airlifted to India in order to increase transport capacity from production sites to Covid-19 hotspots,” German Embassy said on social media.
As second wave of Covid-19 hits India, the IAF was roped in by the Centre to airlift oxygen cylinders, regulators, and essential medicines as the national capital region faces shortage of oxygen cylinders and medicines.